Idaho Governor signs Bill to thwart one particular candidate

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On April 11, Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed S.1514. It takes effect immediately. It says that if someone changes his name and then runs for office, the ballot will list both the candidate’s new name and the old name. The bill was introduced because Marvin Richardson had changed his name last year to “Pro-Life” and is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. The primary is May 27. The ballot will now say, “Pro-Life, Formerly Known as Marvin Richardson.”

9 Responses to “Idaho Governor signs Bill to thwart one particular candidate”

  1. Tom Bryant Says:

    Michigan will report your former name for a number of years.

    I think this is a good law, as it makes looking into the background of a candidate much easier.

  2. Cody Quirk Says:

    I think you’re right Tom.

  3. Freelancer Says:

    I kinda think they’re giving too much attention to him. I even heard Rush Limbaugh talking about him.

  4. Joseph Marzullo Says:

    I think this is a dumb Bill.

  5. Eric Says:

    According to the state’s election web site, Pro-Life is running as an independent, not a Republican.

  6. Michael Seebeck Says:

    This bill was signed by “Wolf Butcher, formerly known as Butch R. Otter”.

  7. Peter Says:

    Yes, here in Michigan we require old names for a certain number of years. Usually this is not a big deal, recently married women who changed their name have their maiden name appear on the ballot, and that seems reasonable.

    In my state representative district last election there was a person who was upset about this rule because it required her to include her old name, Charles, and she thought that having the gender change show up on the ballot was not fair.

  8. Peter Orvetti Says:

    It’s interesting the bill was signed by a politician who goes by a nickname. Though I have to say, “Butch Otter” is the coolest gubernatorial name in the U.S. right now. “Piyush Jindal” is cool, too—but he also goes by a nickname.

  9. Joseph Marzullo Says:

    How did the process work before birth certificates in America?

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